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  • in reply to: Biden poll #6325
    LegendLegend
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    I was surprised to see reference to cali being wildly successful here. Pretty much nobody wants to move to california for the policies. They all want the weather and natural beauty.

    Any governor of california has the wind at their back. I think Gavin has wildly underperformed as a leader. He is a savvy politician but look who he is related to.

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    in reply to: Status of the current economic and political train wreck #6304
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    I don’t understand why the Dems and Biden have to resort to mendacity. What they should be saying is “recession? Possibly, but remember we need modest cooling of the economy to do the right thing by the working class and kill this inflation…if the republicans want to make hay about a gdp recession while job growth continues, we will take that all day and just point to their rank cynicism in putting single metrics ahead of the working class.”

    it isn’t hard. Instead they literally try to redefine generally understood terms.

    I have no opinion on AOC for president any more than I do on MTG for president. They both serve their political purposes.

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    in reply to: Confidence in the media has dropped #6288
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    Trust in media has fallen because “media” has gone from presenting topics that captured people’s interest for a few minutes at a time to driving “narratives” that exploit well-researched cognitive and biological ticks in the human mind to absolutely derail and capture the human psyche.

    In other words, news media plays on prejudice and bias to capture eyeballs in perpetuity.  It used to be people got their fill and went outside.  Now people are captives to the narrative.

    This is, of course, worse in some media than others.

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    in reply to: Sri Lanka #6253
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    I hadn’t studied this closely but I sure hope we can send them billions in aid and maybe some oil from our strategic reserves.

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    in reply to: History repeats itseld #6243
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    I remember gas prices being lower at the end of Obama than at the beginning.

    Wonder what changed?

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    LegendLegend
    Keymaster

    The actual decision is much ado about nothing. It not only doesn’t impact about 43 states, it also just impacts people trying to obtain permits through thorough legal means.  Concealed handgun permit owners are very rarely criminals.

    The hyperbole around it is ridiculous.

    Now, the framework updates for considering gun cases (the  change to the “two part test”) might be very substantial, and that likely deserves some scrutiny.

    overall the court played its role: it upheld an enumerated right even if ever so slightly (imagine if you had to be fingerprinted to post about the government on Twitter or to attend a religious service).

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    in reply to: Dobbs opinion released #6231
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    I, too, like the court better when it plays the umpire role and not as a player on the field. Let the states decide.

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    in reply to: Is the idiosyncratic character of Stanford gone? #6227
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    So RAs are supposed to report underage drinking?  Wow. I hadn’t heard that. Kinda makes the role a little less intimate I suspect.

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    in reply to: Is the idiosyncratic character of Stanford gone? #6218
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    Good article.

    The author is young, and it shows. This has been a prevailing current on campus since what? The 70’s?

    The sanitizing of community life into spiritless “identities” is part and parcel of the authoritarian existence. It used to be “man, I can’t stand those clowns in EBF but I might drop by their party.”  Now it’s “I hope those clowns lose their house like we did.”

    We’re just so much more of a loser culture.  And don’t lecture me on how special Stanford students used to be vs now.  Stanford students were interesting and fun because Stanford was interesting and fun. Now, I get the sense that it’s all management by the numbers and legal guidelines. What fun is that?  Students are robots being groomed to find the next tech monopoly to exploit and donate funds back to the university.

    Never thought I would say it, because I had an absolutely amazing time there, but I’m growing tired of Stanford.

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    in reply to: Peggy nails it #6190
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    I’m of two minds on red flag laws. First mind is that the deprive of due process, etc etc etc.  They give a busybody the ability to basically ruin a person’s life for merely being weird. “I’m red flagging that guy for having an NRA hat on and getting angry at the cashier.”

    Second mind is that some level of red flag exists in real communities.  Making threats should lead to an investigation. I’m willing to listen to how you might bulletproof the process.

    On juvenile crime records, they should absolutely be in NICS. It’s absurd that you get to be a delinquent up to 18 and the next day have no record.

    I also believe that background checks a la NICS ought to be cheap and easy. Just have a website that you enter last name and Ssn on and it gives you a green dot or red dot.  That would get rid of a lot of the Gun show loophole discussions.

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    in reply to: Peggy nails it #6181
    LegendLegend
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    Yeah. It was a good read and does explain a lot of the issues with progressives.

    That said, Peggy helped get Biden elected, so she gets a demerit from me on that.

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    in reply to: Primetime?!? #6180
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    GR, I remember your “pretty boy” critiques of Obama.

    Trump is almost exactly the opposite. Not pretty at all.

    I’m not informed enough on what Trump actively did on Jan 6. I can tell you that when the sitting president attends a protest or rally, and the protest or rally gets out of hand, he has some responsibility no matter what. What I can’t abide is the “coup” or other nonsense. The guy was president. He wouldn’t have needed a bunch of fringe weirdos to do a frontal assault on the Capitol to accomplish a coup.

    Jan 6 was an abomination that should never have happened in a civil society. But it was no reichstag fire or storming of the bastille. It was a protest that turned into a low level civil disturbance. Certainly it was nothing approaching the protests and riots against u.s. agencies in Portland and other cities during the prior year.  No fires set, no significant graffiti, etc.. I mean, holy smoke, remember the CHOP?  Jan 6 may have been the most respectful insurrection of all time.

    All the Jan 6 noise is just to do what Trump’s second impeachment couldn’t do:  make him ineligible to run again. The dem’s are terrified of that.

    that said, I think the gop is better off leaving trump behind. You and I agree on that. However it’s important to remember that trump may go down as the most “American” president of the past 50 to 100 years.  He was more like the average American than any exec, and that’s why people respond to him. Brash, aggressive, multiple wives, talks about banging young chicks, bankruptcies and debt…he’s way closer to Joe the plumber than any president ever and that’s saying something since he’s supposedly a billionaire.

     

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    in reply to: Tick, tick, tick… #6169
    LegendLegend
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    We are in a tough spot. We have institutional leaders that don’t have the balls to do the right thing (at least match nominal interest rates to inflation), and therefore we have people who are going to suffer.

    we have negative real interest rates on the order of 6-7 percent, and that’s if you believe the actual cpi, which is doctored whether you like it or not.

    Instead, let’s blame Putin. We have gone from operation warp speed-type thinking to operation find someone to blame. Feckless is the word that comes to mind.

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    in reply to: In other surprising news….. #6141
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    I understand the safety argument, but this is ridiculous.

    I wonder if a change in tactics would be in order.  Rather than lighting up from behind an offending car, do it from in front…

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    in reply to: Pandemic school closures / masking #6139
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    Wow, that last tweet is a jewel and frames the issue so succinctly that it will probably never see the light of day.   A teacher can be suspended and have their name publicly trashed for refusing to call a boy by girl pronouns, but a teacher who props open an automatically closing, locked door to an elementary school and that precipitates a horrific massacre probably won’t be named or disciplined.

    That contrast is striking.  And I’m only somewhat sympathetic to the plight of the second person, whose stupid actions cost the lives of a number of children (no, maybe not all, but some) in Uvalde. Yes, the consequences of their actions are probably “enough” punishment, but the way it’s trending we don’t yet see a call to compliance for all teachers to be responsible for campus safety. And, they should be…they are the adults in the room.

     

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